Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and her life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career, featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Jamie Cullum, Tony Bennett, and Norma Miler.
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Reggie Nadelson is a writer, journalist and filmmaker. She has authored many titles, both works of fiction and non-fiction. She is especially known for her Artie Cohen mystery series. As a journalist she writes on travel, fashion and culture for Travel +Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, Departures and the Financial Times. She also contributes radio pieces to the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent. Reggie is a New Yorker who also makes her home in London.